The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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ID: Red State Blues – State GOP: End Direct Election of US Senators

By · Jun, 27 2010

Over the weekend, the Idaho state Republican convention adopted a party platform that advocated a loyalty oath and a call for repeal of the 17th Amendment which provided for the direct election of US Senators.

Why, you may ask would they want to turn back the clock a century and return to a system that was fraught with patronage and back-room deals?

Proponents of repeal, including many gathered at the GOP convention, believe that making senators accountable to state legislatures would end runaway federal spending and give states a say in the affairs of the federal government.

It’s lost on me why these conservatives would put their faith in the state legislature over their faith in the individual voter.

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